This year, we thought we’d tweak NHBPM (National Health Blog Post Month) it a bit. To include a wider audience, we’re bringing it to Facebook! We’ve also added themes like Top Three Tuesdays and Favorite Fridays.
For the month of November, we challenge you to write a short blog post each day and to share it on Facebook. You can add your response as a comment, or you can write your own blog post and share the link. Every day at 10 a.m. EST we will post a writing prompt for you on Facebook, and throughout the week we’ll share some of our favorite responses.
Below are the topics for each day of the month.
Tell us what your favorite health apps are and how people can find them.
Little Engine Post
Write 3 lines that start with “I think I can…”
Then write 3 lines that start with “I know I can…”
Give your condition, community, or self a mascot. Who is it? What do they represent? What is their battle cry?
Write about a time your health condition forced you to grow up and take the training wheels off (so to speak).
Votes are in – you won!
If you got elected President, what are the three changes you would make to healthcare?
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard about your health condition? Was there any context? What did you think at the time you heard it – and what do you think of it now?
Mary Poppins Carpet Bag
Write about what’s in your bag/purse/backpack every day – and why!
Make a list of 3 favorite quotes.
Just Admit It
It’s taboo, write about something that people do but don’t like to talk about or won’t admit to doing. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone 😉
Write about alternative treatments and regimens and tell us how you feel about them. What do you support? What is crazy? Have you used any?
For all our veterans and family members, we celebrate this day because it marks the end of WWI, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Do you have a task you complete every day at the same time that helps you with your chronic illness? How long have you been doing this, how has it helped?
Top Three Tuesdays
Name three songs that you can listen to that get you out of a low point or lift your spirits.
Write about how being a patient or caregiver has changed you. How have your goals changed? Have your values changed?
First Day on the Job
Working with a chronic illness can be a difficult balance. What should you divulge, what should you hold back, and how do you balance it all? Do you have advice for others?
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
Well, that was Embarrassing…
What’s the most awkward situation your health condition ever put you in? (Don’t be bashful, we’re all friends here). Maybe ou can look back on it now and laugh, but it wasn’t so funny then.
Favorite Friday: Invisible Illness vs. Visible Illness
What are some stigmas you have experienced with your invisible OR visible illness that have made you feel invisible? How have you tackled them?
Three Truths and a Lie
Tell us three things that are true about you, your condition, your Health Activism, or your life. Now tell us a lie. Do you think we will be able to tell the difference?
Top Three Tuesday
Give three pieces of advice you would give to a caregiver.
“I Still Remember…”
Free write a post that starts with this line and describes an unforgettable moment in your health journey. (For example, Cancer free, diagnosis, etc.)
Mental Mind Meld
Mental health issues can affect many other conditions. Write about mental health, emotions, and challenges as they relate to your condition. How does your mental health affect your overall wellbeing?
What are your favorite blogs to read and why?
Teaching the Teacher
What’s something you taught your doctor related to your health?
Take the High Road
Write about a time you had to be the bigger person and take the high road.
It’s the Holiday Season
Give us some tips you use to balance the holidays and your health. How do you stay within your own boundaries and make sure you follow your health regime/plan?
Top Three Tuesdays
List three questions you have for other patients.
Black Friday and Holiday Shopping
In preparation for Black Friday holiday shopping, give some advice on how to survive the long lines and packed stores. How do you find the best bathrooms? How do you stay comfortable on your feet? Give us some tips before heading to the stores.
A Time to Give Thanks
What’s the one thing you’re most thankful for? Write a list of three things that you’re thankful for, excited about, or inspired by.
Toot that Horn!
Want to hear a secret? You’re awesome. (It’s actually not even really a secret). This is going to be hard for you, O Modest One, but you gotta give yourself props today! Write three things you love about yourself – things you’re great at – or just want to share. Don’t you dare signpost or undercut those self-compliments!
That’s a Wrap!
Nominate someone for a Health Activist Award and write a post about why you nominated them!